COLUMBIA, Mo. - University of Missouri Health Care's Missouri Orthopaedic Institute will be the title sponsor for TriZou, central Missouri's largest triathlon, which will begin at 7 a.m. Sunday, May 3, at the University of Missouri Student Recreation Complex.
"What we're trying to do is to help promote health and fitness in different areas of the local community," said Mark Livesay, director of Ultramax Events, the organizer of the event. "So, beyond the race and the awareness it brings to the sport, we have involved local volunteer organizations such as MU sororities and fraternities, and local fitness groups, and we intend to use some of the proceeds to help support these organizations."
Among the participants will be two nationally recognized triathletes: Simon Lessing, a four-time world triathlon champion, and Aimee Warnke, the 2008 18-19 age group Almere International Triathlon Union long-distance world champion.
Richard White, M.D., an orthopaedic surgeon with MU Health Care's Missouri Sports Medicine; Kate Chettle, a clinical assistant in MU Health Care's orthopaedics institute; and Carrie Lucas, A.P.N., a nurse practitioner in MU Health Care's orthopaedics institute; will all participate in the race in the relay category.
"People who are active gain many health benefits including bone density, muscular strength and endurance, not to mention cardiovascular and weight control benefits," said White. "This event allows people in the community to get together and be involved in something that is good for their health. Events like this also add awareness to the many benefits of exercise in a fun environment."
The event will begin with a 400-meter swim portion, making TriZou one of the largest pool swim triathlons in the United States. More than 800 participants will enter the water 12 seconds apart to begin the race.
After exiting the water, participants will begin the 14-mile bicycle portion at nearby Stankowski Field. The course, a seven-mile loop that will be repeated twice, will take the racers down Stadium
Boulevard to Old Highway 63, then to Providence Road and back to Stankowski Field. After the second loop, participants will make two laps around Stankowski Field to finish the bike portion.
The final segment will include a three-mile run around the University of Missouri campus, ending at Stankowski Field.
After the race, awards for each age group and overall winners will be presented by Ultramax Events.
For more information, please contact Mark Livesay at (573) 443-7036.